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If you think spending a bomb on clothes is not your thing, it doesn’t imply that you remain out of sync with trends. Here are DIY ways to cheap, creative and unique clothes

chandigarh Updated: Nov 28, 2013 10:44 IST
Isha Jalan

How many times have you been wanting to buy that perfect blazer, or those oh-so-comfortable heels, but given up on them, disappointed, after seeing their price tag? Worry not, if you can’t have it, make it! That is what the youngsters in the region are doing. Pocket-friendly, exclusive and out-of-the-box are some of the many reasons why they are taking to do-it-yourself (DIY) fashions in a big way. her fashion ideology with us, fashion and personal style blogger Agampreet Kaur says it has always been based on two vital principles – optimal utilisation of resources and identifying and choosing the best alternative. "I have always believed that there is a different, perhaps better and pocket-friendly way of incorporating fashion into our wardrobes. The same has always drawn me into trying new things for my wardrobe and refashioning the old ones to flow with the trends," adds Agampreet, based in SAS Nagar.

The entire process of a DIY is what makes it interesting and worth your creative energies. Right from the birth of an idea, to assembling resources, working on creating something and finally achieving your result is what makes DIY products enjoyable and encapsulating, feels Agampreet, 25, who keeps working on re-fashioning ideas. Ask her about the simplest ‘re-fashion’ that anyone can work on and she is quick to reply, “Sewing the slits of a kurta or kameez and wearing it as a dress is the quickest re-fashion one can do.”

Jalandhar-based fashion blogger Nitika Bhatia, 23, too, swears by re-fashioning. She says, “DIYs help me give a unique and personal touch to any apparel or accessory. Also, they help to re-fashion a vintage accessory, giving them a trendy and stylish look.”

Nitika feels that while many websites and videos can give you handy tips to make a DIY project, the best ideas that you can get are from your mother and grandmother. “My mom still makes beautiful sweaters which can often beat the designs of many high-end brands. That is what inspires me to try DIY,” she adds.

Why should you re-fashion?
If you are novice like us, here are some tips to get you started with DIYs.
1. If you like something, don’t always be impulsive into buying it. Think if you can make it
yourself. Always trust your own closet to be a haven for ideas.
2. Have an understanding of the resources you’ll need to create something from and the stores from where you can get them.
3. Always have a budget in mind. DIYs are meant to be pocket-friendly. You don’t have to spend a bomb on them.
4. More often than not, you will need help. Trust your moms and grandmothers to do the best job.
5. DIYs are not meant to always be a hit. Sometimes they are
all about getting together and having fun..